Sean Spicer hit a new and incredibly baffling low today when he was asked why he thought Vladimir Putin would withdraw his support from Bashar al Assad’s murderous regime in Syria. (Two videos below.)
After claiming a sense of morality in Putin, Spicer made a strange and historically bogus defense of Adolf Hitler, then went on to insult hundreds of thousands of the tyrant’s German Holocaust victims.
Spicer reasoned that Putin would turn on Assad due to a sense of morality, because the Syrian dictator is so brutal — worse even that Hitler. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said. “So you have to, if you you’re Russia, ask is this a country and a regime that you want to align yourself with?”
Spicer on Syria: “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons…” pic.twitter.com/UN3JfRRg0w
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 11, 2017
To Spicer’s question of whether Russia would want to befriend Assad’s regime, the question has been yes for years. But the real question, in the words of ABC Sr. White House Correspondent Cecelia Vega, is “‘Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons,’ what did you mean by that?”
“He was not using gas on his own people in the same way,” Spicer responded, seeing himself in a hole then digging deeper with all his might. He continued by referring to concentration camps “Holocaust centers.”
Many in the press corps visibly gasped at the remarks. After all, at the height of the Holocaust, Hitler was gassing thousands of Germans every day who were Jewish and homosexual, among many others who did not meet his nightmarish aryan vision. Claiming these people were not truly German was one excuse the Nazis gave for their atrocities.
Press Sec. on Hitler/Assad comments: "He was not using the gas on his own people the same way…he brought them into the Holocaust centers." pic.twitter.com/mO9EsWM4QT
— ABC News (@ABC) April 11, 2017
The revisionist historical statements are a particular concern from an Administration that seems to think that Americans who are Muslim, immigrants, and LGBT are somehow other. These may be only Spicer’s latest misstatements, but they are on alarming signal of where the values of this regime lay, and Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs have an obligation to call them out and fight back.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com